Yale Musical Theater of the Air
My Fair Lady in Concert, January 25, 2014
Shubert Theater, New Haven
Reg Rogers YSD ’93 – Henry Higgins
Reg Rogers received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for his work in Holiday at The Circle In The Square and won the OBIE and Lucille Lortel Awards for The Dazzle by Richard Greenberg. Other theater credits include The Big Knife and The Royal Family directed by Doug Hughes, A Free Man of Color directed by George C. Wolfe, Glengary Glenn Ross for The Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, and The Pain and the Itch by Bruce Norris. His television and film credits include “Friends”, “The Closer”, “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “The Americans”, Primal Fear, I Shot Andy Warhol, Runaway Bride, I’ll Take You There, Get Well Soon, The Photographer, Analyze That, Igby Goes Down, The Wedding Weekend, Lovely by Surprise, and Little Girl Blue. Reg just finished filming El Cielo Es Azul for Director Andrew Fierberg and Fred and Elsa, with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. He will next be seen on “The Knick” for Cinemax directed by Steven Soderbergh. His Yale Rep productions include Rough Crossing, Landscape Of The Body, The Marriage Of Figaro/Figaro gets A Divorce, Hamlet, The Beauty Part, Largo Desolato as well as Dealer’s Choice at the Long Wharf (Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination), and Proposals at The Shubert.
Felicia Ricci ’08 – Eliza Doolittle
Felicia is thrilled to return to the Yale stage! She began her professional acting career in Wicked as understudy to the lead role of Elphaba, an experience about which she wrote a humorous memoir, Unnaturally Green. While at Yale, Felicia sang with the a capella group Mixed Company and won the J. Edward Meeker Award for Nonfiction, the Saybrook Master's Award, and the Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts. Favorite roles include Gwendolen in The Importance Of Being Earnest, Pennywise in Urinetown, Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors, and Cathy in The Last Five Years. Learn more at FeliciaRicci.com.
David Alan Grier YSD ’81 – Alfred P. Doolittle
David Alan Grier received his third Tony Award nomination for his performance as Sportin’ Life in the 2012 revival of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He was previously nominated in 2010 for his role in David Mamet’s play, Race. He was also nominated for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in The First, in 1981, just after his graduation from the Yale Drama School. Other stage credits include Dreamgirls, A Soldier’s Play, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Grier is recognizable from his work on the Emmy Award winning “In Living Color” and has since played many memorable roles both on stage and on camera.
Hans Tester ’82 – Colonel Pickering
Hans is thrilled to be back at Yale working with Amber, Marc and David Loud with whom he did Sweet Charity and The Robber Bridegroom (playing a garden gate) over 30 years ago! He won a SAG award for Ben Affleck’s film ARGO. Recent films include White House Down and Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant. On TV for the last 2 seasons he has been Udo on Royal Pains. Recent Guest Stars include Castle, The Good Wife, Ulfrik, Erik’s father on True Blood, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and The Mentalist, and one of the most shocking roles on TV in Nip/Tuck. NY theater performances include the leading roles in Arthur Schnitzler’s Far and Wide and The Lonely Way at The Mint Theater. He has played Macheath in Christopher Alden’s production of Threepenny Opera, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, the Captain in HMS Pinafore, Curly in Oklahoma, and Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music.
Bill Kux YSD ’83 – Narrator
Bill has been on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Trip to Bountiful and Ain’t Broadway Grand. He has appeared Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, The Manhattan Theatre Club and Second Stage and at regional theaters throughout the country. He performed in the Yale concert production of Kiss Me, Kate last year.
Jeremy Weiss ’15 – Freddy Eynesford Hill
Jeremy is a junior Humanities major in Ezra Stiles. At Yale, he has performed in Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), Once Upon a Mattress (Minstrel), Abyss (Ensemble), Into the Woods (Wolf/Prince), Bed Play (Benny), and Fortuna Fantasia (Ringmaster). Jeremy is a proud member of the 100th Anniversary Yale Spizzwinks(?) and currently serves as their music director. Beyond Yale, he has pursued acting studies at the Atlantic Acting School and currently studies voice with Brian Gill at NYU Steinhardt. Other roles include Phantom of the Opera (Phantom), Les Misérables (Marius), West Side Story (Tony), and Man of La Mancha (Don Quixote). A million thanks to Brian, Scott, Fay, Mom, Dad, and Justin.
Brian Neff ’00 – Jamie
Brian is thrilled to be back on stage at his alma mater! As an undergraduate with the Yale Dramat, he played the roles of Frank in Merrily We Roll Along and Bobby in Company, both by Stephen Sondheim. Brian also sang tenor with the Whiffenpoofs and served as musical director of the Alley Cats. Based in New York, he is completing his MM in voice from NYU and enjoys an active performing career spanning the classical and musical theatre repertoire. Brian currently teaches a roster of astoundingly talented Yale undergrads as voice faculty with the Shen Curriculum.
Johnson Flucker ’80 – Harry, Lord Boxington
Johnson is a Director for Major Cities at the Association of Yale Alumni. He was a two-time Whiffenpoof, and began his performing career as a singer; first as a boy soprano, then as a countertenor and baritone. An active singer on the New York opera, choral, ensemble, and recording session scene, his voice appears in many commercial jingles and movies including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as Working Girl, The Stepford Wives, and Mission to Mars. He has participated in numerous recording projects with Pomerium Musices, Chanticleer, Leonard Bernstein, Placido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, RUN-DMC, Pete Seeger, and Judy Collins. An accomplished conductor and choir trainer, he was Director of Liturgical Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for over ten years. As an actor he has sung Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); and played Polonius (Hamlet), Richard Henry Lee (1776), Gremio (Kiss Me, Kate), and Joe Boyd (Damn Yankees). He is currently preparing the one-man play, Work is the Curse of the Drinking Classes, a work based on the life and writings of Oscar Wilde.
Nancy Hume ’83 – Mrs. Eynesford Hill
Nancy originated the title role in Teddy & Alice on Broadway, has played off-Broadway and in regional theaters. She has worked with fellow Yalies on a variety of productions including: Trojan Women/A Love Story (dir. Tina Landau, YC ’84), Charlotte: Life? or Theater? and Lady in the Dark (dir. Ted Sperling, ’83), as well as Ophelia opposite Chris Noth (YSD ’85) in Hamlet (dir. Zoe Caldwell). At the Seattle Rep, Nancy played Isabelle in Measure for Measure (dir. Doug Hughes), and Anya in Cherry Orchard (dir. Daniel Sullivan). Nancy has performed with her husband’s Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra (Gary Fagin, YSM, ’76) and will sing a Weill/Lenya evening with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra later this spring.
Pamela Gray YSD ‘91- (Mrs. Higgins/Mrs. Pearce)
Broadway : Joanna Lippiat in Present Laughter (Dir. Nicholas Martin,) Anne Butley in Butley (Nathan Lane as Butley). Off –Broadway: Manhattan Theater Club, MCC, The Public Theater , Second Stage, The National Theater, Edge Theater, Julia Miles Theater, Theater for a New Audience, The Vineyard Theater. Regional: A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour at The Huntington Theater (Dir. Maria Aitkin,) Julia Sterroll in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels at Pasadena Playhouse (Dir. Arte Menke,) Francey in Dead End at The Ahmanson Theater (Dir. Nicholas Martin,) The Real Thing at South Coast Rep. Also work at The Old Globe, New Jersey Shakespeare, Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Baltimore Center Stage , Portland Stage, New York Stage Film, Williamstown Theater Festival. New play development: O’Neill Playwrights Conference (six seasons), Ojai Playwrights Conference, Cape Cod Theater Project and Chautauqua. Films include: Michael Clayton, Dark Matters, Safe Harbor, The Devil’s Advocate, I’ll Take You There, Corn, Commandments, A Fish in the Bathtub. Many television appearances, including the recent Agent Amy Tyler on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”
The Ensemble: Katherine Barnes '16, Kate Heaney '14, Sarah Norvell, Zina Ellis '15, Greta Parnes, Anya Markowitz '17, Kelly Hill YSM ’13, Megan Loughran '09, Michael Protacio '14, Henry Gottfried '14, Christian Probst '16, Paul Holmes '12, Carter Michael '14, Jamie Bogyo '15, Nate Janis '14.
The Artistic Staff:
Amber Edwards YC ’82 – Producer
Amber is an independent documentary filmmaker who has produced and/or directed 16 national primetime PBS programs including all 9 episodes of the award-winning series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook (PBS 2010-2013) and Words and Music by Jerry Herman (PBS 2008.) Also a singer, she is heard on the Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. At Yale she studied with the Cole Porter scholar Robert Kimball, and performed in numerous musicals including Side by Side by Sondheim with David Loud and David’s original revue Gardensong. She produced last year’s Kiss Me, Kate In Concert at Yale’s University Theater, and is the founding producer of Yale Musical Theater of the Air. Amber lives in Newtown, Connecticut with her husband, the novelist Justin Scott.
Marc Vietor YC '83 – Director
Marc Vietor most recently appeared in Nicholas Martin's production of The Show-Off at The Westport Country Playhouse. Among his directing credits he includes Kiss Me, Kate In Concert at the Cole Porter Centennial at Yale. As an actor at Yale College he appeared in She Loves Me (Music Director, David Loud); on and off Broadway and in many regional theatres including at The Kennedy Center and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He has narrated many award-winning audio-books, including Justin Scott's bestselling The Shipkiller.
David Loud YC ’83 – Music Director
David occupies a unique place in Broadway history, having originated three roles as an actor, and also having served as conductor, music director and vocal arranger on many musicals. Highlights of his Broadway career include conducting the original Broadway productions of Ragtime, Steel Pier, Curtains, and A Class Act, as well as revivals of She Loves Me and The Boys From Syracuse. He was the music supervisor for Sondheim on Sondheim and the Tony Award-winning revival of Porgy and Bess, and he conducted the incidental music for Mike Nichols’ Death of a Salesman. He created the role of Manny in Terrence McNally’s Master Class, and, in between his sophomore and junior years at Yale, appeared in Harold Prince’s original 1981 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Other recent credits include conducting Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, along with Bernadette Peters and Norm Lewis, in A Bed and a Chair, at Encores!, and music directing The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre. He created the vocal and dance arrangements for And the World Goes ‘Round and he has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and Fordham University. At Yale, he was the music director for productions of On the Twentieth Century, The Robber Bridegroom, and Sweet Charity, and he created two musical revues: Gardensong, featuring the songs of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, and I’ve Heard That Song Before, a celebration of the music of Jule Styne.
Nathan A. Roberts YSD ’10 – Soundscape and Foley Designer
Nathan is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in creating original music and soundscapes for plays, often live onstage. He is excited to return to "Yale Musical Theater of the Air," for whom he designed the Foley soundscape for last season's concert presentation of Kiss Me, Kate. Most recently at Yale, he provided original music and live sound design for Yale Rep's production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Other credits include: original sound and music for On Borrowed Time and Electric Baby (Two River Theater), Our Town (Ford's Theatre), Twelfth Night and The Tempest (Hartford Stage), The Borrowers and Ferdinand the Bull (Arden Theatre); sound design for The Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Rep, Arts Emerson, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Yale Rep), and live Foley for It's a Wonderful Life (Long Wharf Theatre). He also designs and builds musical instruments, with a special emphasis on flutes and hurdy-gurdies. He received his MFA in sound design from the Yale School of Drama, and enjoys working with the Theater Studies students of Yale College as a Lecturer and Production Coordinator.
Alan C. Edwards YSD ’11 – Lighting and Scenic Designer
Selected set &/or lighting design credits include: Sun Ra (Joe's Pub, NYC); We Won't Pay (Strasberg Institute); Wink (Terra Nova); Carmen (Tri-Cities Opera); Suor Angelica & Curlew River (Simpson Opera); Never Was Broken, premier (Jessica Chen Project); Bones in the Basket (in the Cap21 Blackbox, NYC); Will Work For (Terra Nova); The King's Whore (Walkerspace, NYC); Acis & Galatea (Madison Opera); Son of a Gun (Theatre Row NYC); Kiss Me, Kate in Concert for the Cole Porter Centennial (Yale); Holding It Down (Harlem Stage); Woman Bomb (Baryshnikov Arts Center); Madam Butterfly (Syracuse Opera); The Marriage of Figaro (Tri-Cities Opera); Illmatic (Urban Stages, NYC); The Piano Lesson, A Delicate Balance (Yale Repertory Theatre); La Ronde, Every Other Hamlet..., The Things Are Against Us (YSD); Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Yale Cabaret); The Testament of Mary (Broadway)—Assoc. LD.
Ryan Hales YSD ’11 – Director of Production
Ryan is pleased to be part of the My Fair Lady team. Ryan currently works at Global Scenic Services in Bridgeport, CT as a Technical Designer. In February you can view his most recent work in Rocky, Broadway. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an M.F.A. in Technical Design and Production. While at Yale, Ryan was the Technical Director for POP! and Bossa Nova as well as the Assistant TD for Lydia and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. You may have also seen him onstage at the Yale Cabaret in Rocky Horror Picture Show or Evil Dead the Musical.
Charles Coes YSD ’09 – Sound Designer
New York: Queen of the Night,Wanda's Monster, Louis Armstrong Jazz Ambassador,The Butterfly, Dreams of the Washer King; The Shot; The Realm; User 927; Up Up Down Down; Stand Tall; Regional: Yale Rep: Passion Play, Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Wilma Theatre: My Wonderful Day; Williamstown Theatre Festival: One Slight Hitch; Ford’s Theatre: Parade; Shakespeare Theater, Guthrie, ArtsEmerson, Seattle Rep: Servant of Two Masters;Northshore Music Theater: Annie, The Sound of Music; Two River Theater, Electric Baby, On Borrowed Time. Art Installations with Anne Hamilton, Abelardo Morell and Luis Roldan. Aerial and Aquatic Spectaculars on Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and other Royal Caribbean ships. Broadway Associate: Peter and the Starcatcher, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Grace, Chinglish, In the Next Room, Glass Menagerie, Macbeth. Charles did the Sound Design for last year’s Kiss Me, Kate In Concert at the Yale University Theater.
Katrina Olson YSD ’07 – Production Manager
Katrina earned her MFA from Yale Drama School in Stage Management. While attending YSD, she was able to work on multiple shows at Yale Repertory Theatre including, Ladies of the Camellias, All’s Well That Ends Well, Black Snow, Eurydice, and Lulu. Most recently (fall 2013) she worked with Yale Rep on the workshop of a play in development called, In The Labyrinth. Last year she also production-managed two shows for Yale Opera. Other work: Tours: Miss Saigon Mid-West Tour, LOOPED National Tour, The Book of Mormon National Tour, High National Tour, The Brothers Size, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. New York: Lincoln Center, Nickelodeon, The Public Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Origins Theatre Company, Theatre for a New Audience, Vineyard Theatre, The Civilians. Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Hartford Stage Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, New York Stage & Film, Philadelphia Theater Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Houston Grand Opera, Scottish Opera, Glasgow, Scotland.
Sarah Peterson – Associate Producer
Producing: The Joy Luck Club (Long Wharf Theatre/Shangahi People’s Art Theatre) Directing: (YBOP) La Calisto; (Elm Shakespeare) Art by Yasmina Raze (Long Wharf Theatre) Black Nativity by Langston Hughes; My Red Hand, My Black Hand by Dael Orlandersmyth; Gary Grinkle’s…; Race (Fairfield University) She Stoops To Conquer. Acting-Regional Theatre:(Actors Theatre of Louisville The Humana Festival 2005) The Shaker Chair (Long Wharf Theatre) Singing Forrest, Blithe Spirit and The Crucible; (Philadelphia Theatre Company) The Cocktail Hour and Lips Together Teeth Apart; (Stamford Theatre Works) Spinning Into Butter; The Children, (The Goodman Theatre) Tis a Pity She’s a Whore; (McCarter Theatre Center) The Heiress. Film: Jeffrey. Television: Law and Order. Other Theatre: (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival) The Merry Wives of Windsor; (The American Shakespeare Theatre) Twelfth Night, Winter’s Tale; (Elm Shakespeare Company) Richard III. Audio description: (Yale Repertory Theatre) Death of a Salesman, Evil Doers, Servant of Two Masters. Sarah is married to Sherwin B. Nuland YSM 55, stepmother dear to Drew Nuland ’86 and grandparent of Leni Kagan ’18.
Melina Root ’83, YSD ’90 – Costume Designer
A costume designer working in theatre, television and film, her credits include: Brothers and Sisters, Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun, That 70’s Show, That 80’s Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Miss/guided, Guys with Kids, 20 Good Years, Wayne’s World II, Brothers Solomon. She has won 2 Emmys, and been nominated for a NY Drama Desk and 5 Costume Designers Guild awards. Her theatre designs have appeared at the Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Hartford Stage, LaJolla Playhouse, Geffen Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Juilliard, Circle Rep, Yale Rep and the Mark Taper Forum. Melina credits most of what she learned about theatre to her time on the Executive Board of the Yale Dramat, and is delighted to be reunited with Marc Vietor, whom she first met backstage at the University Theatre in a production of Anything Goes sometime in the last century.
Tim Laciano ’15 – Assistant Music Director
Tim Laciano is an undergraduate music major at Yale. He is an assistant conductor of both the Yale Glee Club and the Davenport Pops Orchestra and studies conducting with Toshiyuki Shimada and Jeffrey Douma. Musical theater highlights at Yale include conducting The Drowsy Chaperone and Into the Woods, serving as an orchestrator for two original musicals this year, and playing oboe and English horn for Sweeney Todd and last year's concert of Kiss Me, Kate. Tim was the music intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this past summer and is music directing a production of Gypsy this spring. He is also a composer, for which he has received awards from ASCAP, Harmonium Choral Society, and the Yale Glee Club, and an ardent advocate of music education and the Marching Arts.
Jessica Miller ’15 – Assistant Producer and Director